ERIC Number: ED338972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Adolescent Women: Where Have They Been? Where Are They Going?
This paper emphasizes the crucial exchange between the future of women and the future of adolescent girls who are presumably trying to become successful women. In order to discuss the issues involved in helping young adults, this paper focuses on four themes: (1) adolescent girls and their mothers are confused about what adolescent roles are supposed to be in society today; (2) adolescents seem to sense a feeling of worthlessness and a lack of stamina in their own sense of guidance; (3) the lack of inner strength reinforces feelings of helplessness and anger in the adolescent; and (4) adults around the adolescent are as confused as their children, and the children are angry about that confusion. The paper contends that for the most part anger, frustration, and alienation fill the lives of many adolescents who cannot seem to find themselves and an inner direction to achieve a satisfying identity. It claims that in a complicated and technological society, adolescents need to know where they fit; they need to know they are valued and that they can make a contribution. The paper concludes that whatever the self-sufficiency, distance, alienation, and unreachable levels perceived in the adolescents' posture, it is not always reflective of what they deeply feel. They may be hoping that someone will rescue them from their own boredom. (LLL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Women's Studies Annual Conference (5th, Bowling Green, KY, September, 26-28, 1991).